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Taxpayers may spend over six figures on voter ID law court battle

A voter casts a ballot during an election at the De Pere Community Center. (Photo from: FOX 11).
A voter casts a ballot during an election at the De Pere Community Center. (Photo from: FOX 11).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The fallout over a judge's rejection of Wisconsin's voter ID law is now centering on how much the legal battle will cost state taxpayers.  

Plaintiffs' attorney John Ulin told reporters Wednesday that the full costs are not know yet -- but they'll be over $100,000.  

Under federal law, those who win civil rights cases under the Voting Rights Act can get their legal fees and court costs paid by the losing party -- and those parties include the state and its top officials.  

Federal Judge Lynn Adelman struck down the Republican law from 2011 that required a photo ID for voting. The state said it would appeal -- and that could raise the legal fees that taxpayers might be on the hook for.

Critics say it's wasted tax money. Assembly Republican Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc said he believes the voter ID law will eventually be re-instated. He said the ACLU and union plaintiffs would not see "one thin dime" for what he calls a "reasonable" photo ID law.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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